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Keszthely

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Keszthely (pronunciation: [ˈkɛsthɛj], Slovene: Blatenski Kostel; German: Kesthell) is the oldest town in the Lake Balaton region of Hungary.

Understand[edit]

It is at the western tip of Lake Balaton and boasts a history of more than 750 years. The town is endowed with a wide range of architectural gems displaying Gothic, Baroque, Transylvanian and Eclectic styles.

The Festetics Palace, now the Helikon Palace Museum, must rank as the town’s major attraction. Its construction was started at the beginning of the 18th century, by Kristóf Festetics, on the site of the former Pethő Mansion. It obtained its final Neo-Baroque form in 1887. With some 111 halls and rooms, this is one of the largest palaces in Hungary and is maintained in wonderful condition by the Hungarian government. One of the most beautiful rooms and one of the greatest assets of the palace is a magnificent historic two-level library housing over 100,000 volumes, which were miraculously saved from destruction during the Second World War. The library was started in the 1700s and its collection includes copies of the earliest printed books, unique prints, scientific and art books together with its music collection of manuscripts by Haydn, Pleyel and Goldmark. The reception wing of the palace is now used as a conference center and a meeting place for scientific and international conferences. Participants may be accommodated in the 15 quest rooms and 4 suites within the palace. During summer, concerts are held weekly in the grounds.

The Festetics were one of the richest aristocratic families in Hungary and had a considerable influence on the development and culture of Keszthely and the surrounding areas. Family members founded pharmacies, hospitals, grammar schools and in 1779 count György Festetics founded “The Georgikon”, which was Europe’s first independent institution of agricultural higher education. It was established with an 11-hectare dendrological garden. Its successor, the Georgikon Faculty of Agronomy, now functions within the local university.

The Main Square from the air

The center of Keszthely is a large square alongside the Lajos Kossuth street. The section of Lajos Kossuth street leading from the square to the Festetics Palace is now a pedestrian mall, were one can find a number of fine restaurants, which – in season – serve large numbers of alfresco diners.

A nice feature within the town is the Helikon Park, which sits between the town and the lake foreshores. It is prevented from reaching the lake by the railway. Across the railway beside Ferenc Csik promenade are to be found a large number of outdoor cafes and restaurants much frequented by students from the nearby university. A popular snack served at these cafes is the famous Hungarian Lángos, a deep fried potato pancake topped with either garlic dressing or cheese or both. On summer evenings the area is alive with people eating Lángos and drinking beer.

  • 1 Tourinform Keszthely, Kossuth Lajos utca 30, +36 83 314-144, fax: +36 83 314-144, . Sep 1–Jun 14: M–F 09:00–17.00, Sa 09:00–13:00; Jun 15–Aug 31: M–F 09:00–19.00, Sa Su 09:00–16:00. Information about accommodation, transport, programmes, attractions and services in Keszthely and in the region. It distributes free brochures, sell maps, tourist card, picture postcards, and gives information about local programmes, accommodation. Spoken languages: English, German, Italian.
  • 2 Bike Info Point (Kerékpáros infopont), Energia tér. May 1–Oct 15: 09:00–18:00. Bicycle maps and information, pump and toolkit for cyclists.

Get in[edit]

Nostalgic boat "Hableány" at Keszthely Port

By train[edit]

Trains are available in every two hours from Budapest-Déli pályaudvar via Székesfehérvár, Siófok, Fonyód and Balatonszentgyörgy (junction point to Nagykanizsa), moving on the South Coast of the Lake Balaton. The journey takes nearly 3 hours and costs 3705 Ft. Other direct connections are:

At the summer, direct trains are available from Pécs, Szeged, Szombathely and Záhony (via Nyíregyháza and Debrecen).

1 Keszthely Train Station, Mártírok útja 8 (A bit south of the center, not far from the Lake), +36 1 349-4949, . Ticket office: 04:00–22:40. Keszthely railway station (Q21876859) on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

Buses are available in nearly every two hours from Budapest-Népliget. The journey takes 2.5 hours and costs 3705 Ft.

2 Keszthely Bus Station, Mártírok útja 2 (Close to Train Station), +36 83 515-173, . Ticket office: 05:00–19:00.

By boat[edit]

Boats are available between Jun 2–Sep 9 once a day to Balatongyörök, Szigliget and Badacsony.

3 Keszthely Port, +36 84 310-050, . Scheduled boating: 1400–1900 Ft, one hour pleasure-boating: 1800–2000 Ft, "Romantic Badacsony" pleasure-boating: 2710 Ft.

Get around[edit]

Balaton cycling route near Keszthely

The town is compact and may be easily explored on foot.

By bus[edit]

Volánbusz operates local buses in Keszthely. Ticket (in 2019): 220 Ft, pass (in 2019): 4600 Ft per month. Tickets can be purchased only at the driver. Further information: public transport timetable, public transport map.

By taxi[edit]

By bike[edit]

There is a bike rental network. Bikes can be pick up and hand down in any Tourinform offices in this region (Keszthely, Gyenesdiás, Vonyarcvashegy, Balatongyörök and Héviz). Bike rental: 1500 Ft for two hours, 2200 Ft for one day.

See[edit]

Museums[edit]

Festetics Palace Gate
Festetics Palace from the air
  • Helikon Palace Museum (Helikon Kastélymúzeum), Kastély utca 1, +36 83 314-194, . Jul Aug: 09:00–18:00; May Jun Sep: 10:00–17:00; Oct–Apr: Tu–Su 10:00–17:00. All exhibitions: adult: 3700 Ft; senior, student: 1850 Ft.
    • 1 Festetics Palace – Aristocratic Lifestyle Exhibition and Helikon Library (Festetics-kastély – Főúri életforma, Helikon könyvtár), Kastély utca 1. The 18 original or reconstructed rooms of the exhibition show the aristocratic lifestyle of the 18th and 19th centuries. The most valuable part of the palace is Hungary’s sole intact aristocratic private library. Adult: 2500 Ft; senior, student: 1250 Ft. Festetics Palace (Q604953) on Wikidata Festetics Palace on Wikipedia
    • 2 Palm House and Bird Park (Pálmaház és Madárpark), Kastély utca 1. It presents the most beautiful exotic plants from Tahiti to Florida. Adult: 1000 Ft; senior, student: 500 Ft.
    • 3 Coach Exhibition (Hintókiállítás), Bástya utca 4. It is a collection of more than 50 coaches, carriages and sleighs related to the aristocratic lifestyle of the 18th and 19th centuries. Adult: 2500 Ft; senior, student: 1250 Ft.
    • 4 Hunting Exhibition (Vadászati kiállítás), Pál utca 1. The exhibition presents trophies of more than 200 game species from five continents. Adult: 1200 Ft; senior, student: 600 Ft.
      • Historical Model Railway Exhibition (Történelmi modellvasút kiállítás), Pál utca 1. One of Europe’s largest model railway exhibitions can be seen on the second floor. Adult: 1200 Ft; senior, student: 600 Ft.
    • 5 Amazon House Visitors' Center – Travelling Aristocrats, Adventures on the Road Exhibition (Amazon Ház Látogatóközpont – Főúri utazások, úti kalandok kiállítás), Kastély utca 17-19. The exhibition shows the history of land, water and air travel over the past centuries. Adult: 1200 Ft; senior, student: 600 Ft.
    • 6 Palace Garden (Kastélypark). The garden, which used to measure 42 hectares, is now a nature reserve. There is a French garden and an English garden where we can find numerous tree rarities. Old and exotic trees and hundreds of years old, colourful flowerbeds, fountains, statues are there – among them the full-figure bronze Statue of George Festetics, the garden pond and the fountain decorated with stone lions. Other statues: Immaculata Sculpture], Statue of Saint Helena. Free to visit.
  • 7 Balaton Museum (Balatoni Múzeum), Múzeum utca 2, +36 83 312-351, . Tu–Sa 09:00–17:00. A Neo-Baroque building. There are permanent exhibitions telling the visitors about the development of the Balaton, its flora and fauna and the historical relics of its surroundings. Also here you can find the Roman and Medieval Lapidary and the memorial room of the famous painter, János Halápy. Adult: 900 Ft; senior, student: 450 Ft. (Q789274) on Wikidata
  • 8 Georgikon Croft History Exhibition Site (Georgikon Majortörténeti Kiállítóhely), Bercsényi Miklós utca 65-67, +36 83 311-563, . Apr Oct Nov: M–F 09:00–16:00; May: M–Sa 09:00–16:00; Jun–Aug: M Tu Th–Su 09:00–17:00, W 09:00–20:00, Sep: M–Sa 09:00–17:00. A former farmstead, which used to serve educational purposes now is a museum building. There are exhibitions about the history of higher agricultural education in Hungary, about corn production, viniculture. There is also a carriage exhibition with a wheelwright and a blacksmith workshop. The steam-plough is an imposing sight especially if you consider that it is still in working order. Adult: 1000 Ft; senior, student: 500 Ft. (Q16520009) on Wikidata

Other exhibitions[edit]

Hall in the Festetics Palace
Helikon Library of the Festetics Palace
  • 9 Imre Festetics Animal Park (Festetics Imre Állatpark) (Vágóhíd utca bus 1), +36 30 239-9894, . Apr–Oct: 09:00–17:00. Here you can see native cattle breeds, sheep breeds, horse breeds, pig breeds, bred Hungarian goats, Hungarian donkeys, Hungarian hens, turkeys, waterfowl, Hungarian ruffled goose, guinea fowl, dog breeds. Among the domestic game species, for example, red deer, deer, fallow deer, wild boar, pheasant and partridge can be found. Adult: 800 Ft; senior, student: 400 Ft; children: 200 Ft.
  • 10 Radio and Television Collection (Rádió és Televizió Gyűjtemény), Kossuth Lajos utca 1, +36 30 973-8242, . Jun–Aug: 10:00–17:00. Located in a former Baroque granary. Local entrepreneur József Nádler established the exhibition in 2006. The collection has almost 1,000 pieces, including unique rarities. Adult: 500 Ft, children: 300 Ft.
  • Downtown Exhibitions (Belvárosi kiállítások), +36 83 318 855, . Apr Oct: 10:00–17:00; May: 09:00–18:00; Jun–Aug: 09:00–19:00; Sep: M–Th 10:00–17:00, F–Su 10:00–18:00; Nov–Mar: Tu–F Su 10:00–16:00, Sa 10:00–17:00. All exhibitions: adult: 2600 Ft, children: 1900 Ft.
    • 11 Doll Exhibition (Babakiállítás), Kossuth Lajos utca 11. The folk costums and clothes of burghers and craftsmen of the historical Hungary are presented by about half thousand dolls. 550 Ft.
      • Historical Waxworks (Történelmi Panoptikum), Kossuth Lajos utca 11. In the largest waxworks of Hungary, the wax figures of nearly fifty Hungarian king, prince, general, poet and writer are on display. 550 Ft.
      • Snail Parliament (Csigaparlament), Kossuth Lajos utca 11. It's a giant model made by Ilona Miskei, that shapes the Hungarian Parliament. 4 and half millions snail shells from the Pannon-sea used for the building. 550 Ft. (Q15130819) on Wikidata
      • Exhibition of Torture Equipments (Kínzóeszközök kiállítása), Bakacs utca 2. The tortures of five hundred years are on display. The lacerations of the Middle Ages are presented with wax-figures and with picture illustrations. 600 Ft.
    • 12 Toy Exhibition and Tüskevár Waxworks (Játékkiállítás és Tüskevár Panoptikum), Kossuth Lajos utca 10. Some of the most famous relics are the plush toys of Steiff, the toys of the sheet metal factory factory of Győr from the 1960s, as well as rockets, rocking horses, baby carriages of the 1920s, miniature room furniture. Adult: 550 Ft, children: 400 Ft.
      • Renaissance Erotic Waxworks (Reneszánsz Erotikus Panoptikum), Kossuth Lajos utca 10. Erotic waxworks show from medieval times. The exhibition was created based on the illustrated books about renaissance erotic fiction. For adults only! 950 Ft.
    • 13 Nostalgia Exhibition (Nosztalgiakiállítás), Kossuth Lajos utca 1. From the 1800s to the retro, forgotten household items. Adult: 550 Ft, children: 400 Ft.
  • 14 Marzipan Exhibition and Confectionery (Marcipánkiállítás és cukrászda), Katona József utca 19, +36 83 319-322, . Mar–Dec: W–Su 10:00–18:00. Exhibition of decorative works made locally from marzipan. Adult: 180 Ft, children: 120 Ft.
  • 15 Exhibition of Exotic Insects and Reptiles (Egzotikus rovar- és hűllőkiállítás), Kastély utca 10, +36 30 951-9638, . Sep–May: Tu–Su 10:00–17:00; Jun–Aug: 09:30–18:00. Butterfly, insect and exotic reptile exhibition. Adult: 1000 Ft, children: 600 Ft.
  • 16 Surber's Exhibition of Automatic Musical Instruments and Phonographs (Surber zeneautomata- és fonográfkiállítása), Jókai utca 5, +36 30 602-6868, . May–Sep: W Sa 12:00–18:00. Exhibition of automatic musical instruments from the time, when there were no radios and record players to the 50's of the last century.
  • 17 Cadillac Exhibition (Cadillac-kiállítás), Kossuth Lajos utca 77, +36 30 956-2829, . M–Sa 09:00–17:00, Su 10:00–17:00. Exhibition of Cadillac models from 1905 to 1993. Adult: 1600 Ft; senior, student: 1100 Ft.
  • 18 House of Stoves (Kályhák Háza), Kastély utca 3, +36 30 267-7618, . Sep–May: M–Sa 10:00–18:00; Jun–Aug: 14:00–18:00. It features models of stoves and ovens to help you learn about the oven, cooker, and heater equipments of different regions.
  • 19 Júlia Szendrey Memorial Room (Szendrey Júlia emlékszoba), Szendreytelep (Szendrey telep bus 3), +36 30 960-7460, . Only by appointment. Birthplace of Júlia Szendrey, who was an excellent writer and poet. Free entrance.

Main Square[edit]

Main Square with the Holy Trinity Column and the Town Hall
  • 20 Fő tér. This is the main square.
    • Holy Trinity Column (Szentháromság-szobor). It was installed in 1770. Staues of saints at the base are: Saint Roch, Saint Florian and Saint Sebastian.
    • Statue of György Festetics (Festetics György-szobor). It was installed in 2005. György Festetics played a decisive role in the life and development of Keszthely.
    • Well House (Kútház). Inside of its a statue of little boy with fish. Modern, Bronze, fountain sculpture. A glass ornamented well-house with 'tent roof'. The pillars and the pool is made of limestone from Süttő.
    • Statue of István Lackfi (Lackfi István-szobor). Statue of palatine István Lackfi by Katalin Kalmár, installed in 2000. Modern, Granite and Bronze, equestrian statue.
  • 21 Town Hall (Városháza), Fő tér 1. It was built in 1769 as a county lodging by Kristof Hofstädter. Later, it was rebuilt in Zopf style.
  • 22 Roman Catholic Parish House (Római katolikus plébániaház), Fő tér 5. Built in the second half of the 18th century in Baroque style.
  • 23 János Vajda High School (Vajda János Gimnázium), Fő tér 9. It was built at the turn of the last century and now housing the successor to the grammar school founded by count Pál Festetics in 1772.
  • 24 Former Franciscan Friary (Egykori ferences rendház), Fő tér 10.
  • 25 Our Lady of Hungary Roman Catholic Parish Church (Magyarok Nagyasszonya Római Katolikus Plébániatemplom), Fő tér, +36 83 312-459. It was built on the site of a former 12th-13th-century church by palatine Stephen Lackfi. Renovations at the end of the 19th century gave the church its Neo-Gothic tower and rose windows. In 1974 a number of sensational 15th-century frescoes were discovered in the sacristy.

Others[edit]

Bimah of the Synagogue
  • 26 Pethő House (Pethő-ház), Kossuth Lajos utca 22. Baroque style building. It was a property of the Festetics family estate. Former grain traders lived here. A granary building is located in its courtyard. Károly Goldmark, the famous composer was born here in 1830.
  • 27 Synagogue (Zsinagóga), Kossuth Lajos utca 20, Pethő House yard. Built in 1852 in the neo-classical style. The shape was altered in 1894 when the building was remodeled in the spirit of eclecticism. In 1898 an organ built by Sándor Országh was installed. The temple served the local Neolog congregation. The building was erected according to tradition on a lower level as compared to its surroundings. Its East-West length, breadth and height are almost equal. The inside is surrounded on 3 sides by a gallery for women supported by iron columns. The original neo-classical architecture is preserved on the east side of the synagogue. Keszthely Synagogue (Q5064124) on Wikidata Keszthely Synagogue on Wikipedia
  • 28 Simon House (Simon-ház), Kossuth Lajos utca 3. It is a Zopf style trading house built around 1790.
  • 29 Asbóth House (Asbóth-ház), Kastély utca 5. Baroque style building. It was built by the Festetics Manor as an officer's residence in the second half of the 18th century. Sándor Asbóth, a military officer of the War of Independence of 1848-49 was born here.
  • 30 Saint Thérèse of Lisieux Carmelite Basilica (Kis Szent Teréz kármelita bazilika), Tapolcai út 1. The neo-Romanesque church and the connected monastery was built in the 20th century. Saint Thérèse Church in Keszthely (Q2695468) on Wikidata
  • 31 Lutheran Church (Evangélikus templom), Deák Ferenc utca 18, +36 83 312-206. Built around 1920.
  • 32 Reformed Church (Református templom), Hanczók utca 20, . Built around 1930.
  • 33 Saint Nicholas Cemetery (Szent Miklós-temető), Kossut Lajos utca 131. Here can be see the Festetics Mausoleum and the Cemetery Chapel. The neoclassical Mausoleum was built by Count Festetics Tasziló in 1925 for his wife, Princess Mary Hamilton. This mimics a classical temple architecture. It is a stepped substructure. Reinforced concrete structure with a tympanum and gabled roof. There are, – on side of longitudinal side walls – three-three semicircular arcades and Doric pilasters.
  • 34 Festetics Manor (Festetics-major), Fenékpuszta (Fenékpuszta, Kendergyár bejárati út bus). Built around 1820 in Classicist style.
  • 35 Ruins of Valcum (Valcum romjai), Fenékpuszta (Fenékpuszta, Kendergyár bejárati út bus). It was a Roman fortification. Free to visit.

Do[edit]

Culture[edit]

Festetics Palace

Beaches[edit]

  • 4 Town Beach (Városi strand), Csík Ferenc sétány, +36 83 312-241. May 15–Sep 16: 08:30–19:00. The island-bath keeps the silhouettes of the original building. The pier, which protrudes deep into the lake provides a harbour for the boats cruising the lake on schedule and a favourite fishing place at the same time. Adult: 800 Ft; children, senior, student: 560 Ft.
  • 5 Helikon Beach (Helikon strand), Entz Géza sétány (Egyetem, kollégium bus 3). May 15–Sep 16: 08:30–19:00. Adult: 500 Ft; children, senior, student: 350 Ft. Beyond of the opening hours, the beach can be visited for free.
  • 6 Libás Beach (Libás strand), Libás strand út (1 km walk from Lóczy Lajos utca bus 1). May 15–Sep 16: 08:30–19:00. Free services: Wi-Fi throughout the beach. Water rescue and Emergency Medical Service (during opening hours), parking, changing rooms, disabled toilets, open air showers, modern children's playground, sandy beach path. Snack bar, deck chairs, cabins, bicycle storage, bouncy castle for kids (Ugrálóvár), trampoline, kayak, canoe, paddle boats, windsurf. Adult: 500 Ft; children, senior, student: 350 Ft.
  • 7 Dog Beach (Kutyás strand) (Gyermeküdülő bus), . Jun–Aug.

Leisure[edit]

  • 8 Helikon Park. This is the biggest green area of the town. Here you can see the Helikon Monument, a landmark of the town, which was erected to commemorate the Helikon Festivals held 1817–1819.
  • 9 Enigma Exit Room, Kossuth Lajos utca 33, +36 70 303-6868, . M–F 15:30–18:00, Sa Su 08:00–18:00. Exit game. 3000–6000 Ft per person.
  • 10 Tavirózsa Adventure Park, Napfénysor (Hévíz I. elágazó bus 70), +36 20 434-6069, . Mar–Nov: M–F 10:00–17:00, Sa 10:00–16:00. Adventure track, sliding trails, archery, minigolf, petanque Adult: 2390 Ft, children: 1890 Ft.

Sport[edit]

Old coach in the Coach Exhibition at the Helikon Palace Museum

Events[edit]

Main Square with the Neo-Gothic Church

Buy[edit]

A street in the historical town centre

Inside the downtown:

  • 1 Coop, Rákóczi tér 13, +36 83 510-655. M–F 06:30–18:30, Sa 07:00–16:00. Supermarket.
  • 2 Keszthely Plaza, Rákóczi tér 20, +36 30 496-5789, . M–F 09:00–18:00, Sa 09:00–14:00; Rouge Cafe: M–F 09:00–17:00, Sa 09:00–13:00. Shopping center.
  • 3 Market of Keszthely, Piac tér, +36 83 312-295, . M Tu Th F 07:00–13:00, W Sa 06:00–13:00. To the west of the central square is the marketplace. On Saturdays and Wednesdays the square and some surrounding streets fill with market vendor stalls selling a wide variety of wares. Flowers, fruit, vegetables, and of course paprika are available in abundance together with tools, clothes and other paraphernalia. In the spring Cherries and Walnuts are a great buy.
  • 4 Spar, Bercsényi Miklós utca 65/a, +36 20 823-7207, . M–F 06:30–20:00, Sa 06:30–17:00, Su 08:00–13:00.
  • 5 Tulipán, Sörház utca 5, +36 30 690-4455, . M–F 07:30–17:30, Sa 09:00–13:00. Local product and Hungarian goods store.

Outside the downtown:

  • 6 Alphapark, Frech Miklós utca 2-4 (Lóczy Lajos utca bus 1), +36 30 319-4073, . M–Sa 09:00–20:00, Su 10:00–18:00; Íz-Labor Food Bar: 11:30–16:00; Boratórium Wine and Drink Bar: Tu–Th 09:00–19:00, F Sa 09:00–00:00, Su 09:00–18:00. Shopping center. Lunch menu in the food bar: 1290 Ft.
  • 7 Interspar, Tapolcai út 37 (Vágóhíd utca / Interspar bus 1), +36 20 823-8256, . M–Sa 07:00–21:00, Su 08:00–19:00; Don Corleone Pizzeria: M–Sa 11:00–21:00. Hypermarket. Traditional restaurant and pizzeria. Average meal: 1810 Ft, pizza: 1600 Ft.
  • 8 Stop Shop, Murvás utca 2 (Tesco bus C5). Shopping center.
  • 9 Tesco, Csapás utca 27 (Tesco bus C5), toll-free: +36 80 222-333. M–Sa 06:00–22:00, Su 07:00–20:00. Hypermarket.

Eat[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under 2100 Ft
Mid-range 2100–2900 Ft
Splurge Over 2900 Ft

Budget[edit]

Statue of György Festetics in the Palace Garden

Inside the downtown:

Outside the downtown:

  • 11 TiTi Bistro, Sopron utca 47 (Hévízi út bus 70), +36 70 224-7011. M–F 06:00–18:00, Sa 06:30–14:30. Food bar. Lunch menu: 990 Ft.

Mid-range[edit]

The model 45 Packard 110 from the year 1941, in the Coach Exhibition at the Helikon Palace Museum

Inside the downtown:

Outside the downtown:

Splurge[edit]

Town centre

Inside the downtown:

Outside the downtown:

Drink[edit]

Cafes[edit]

Town centre

Pubs[edit]

Town centre

Bars and nightclubs[edit]

  • 19 512 Club, Csík Ferenc sétány, +36 70 677-0512. M–Th Su 10:00–02:00, F Sa 10:00–04:00. Entrance fee: 0–2000 Ft.
  • 20 Bloom Bar, Csík Ferenc sétány, +36 30 820-7660, . Sa 17:00–04:00. Entrance fee: 2000–3500 Ft.
  • 21 Viviera Beach, Csík Ferenc sétány 3, +36 70 244-5444, . Jun–Aug: M Tu Th Su 10:00–23:00, W 10:00–02:00, F Sa 10:00–04:00. Within the Town Beach area. Sandy beach, beach volleyball, beach soccer fields. Coctail bars, DJs at night. Entrance fee: 1000–3000 Ft.
  • 22 Bexi Club, Szendreytelepi út (Egyetem, kollégium bus 3), . M W Th 16:00–00:00, Tu 16:00–03:00, F 22:00–03:00. Nightclub. Entrance fee: 0–2000 Ft.
  • 23 Club of Colors, Tapolcai út (Gyenesdiás, sportpálya bus 1), +36 30 756-6115. Sep–Apr: Sa 22:00–06:00. Nightclub. Entrance fee: 700–1500 Ft.

Sleep[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under 16000 Ft
Mid-range 16000–22000 Ft
Splurge Over 22000 Ft

Keszthely has a variety of places to stay, ranging from rentable apartments to the 5-star 224 rooms, 8 suites.

Budget[edit]

Town centre

Inside the downtown:

Outside the downtown:

Mid-range[edit]

View to the Festetics Palace from the Palace Garden
Town centre

Inside the downtown:

  • 11 Andrea Guesthouse, Pál utca 3, +36 30 554-3840, . Check-in: 14:30, check-out: 10:00. 11 rooms. Single room: 14000 Ft, double room: 15000 Ft.
  • 12 Anna Villa, Baross Gábor utca 4, +36 20 992-5709, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 5 rooms. Single room: 15700 Ft, double room: 17600 Ft.
  • 13 Erika Guesthouse, Ady Endre utca 14-16, +36 83 314-591, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 10 rooms. Closed parking, outdoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, playing house with toys and bicycles, sunbathing area with deck-chairs, playground, table-tennis, badminton, cot and baby bath (on request) are available. Single room: 16500 Ft, double room: 20900 Ft.
  • 14 Nussbaum Guesthouse, Móra Ferenc utca 15, +36 30 960-5239, . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 09:00. 9 rooms. Double room: 16000 Ft.
  • 15 Silatti Guesthouse, Rákóczi utca 72, +36 83 313-228, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 8 rooms. Services: breakfast from buffet, locked parking area, outdoor swimming pool (9x5m) with sun beds, bubble bath, sauna, playing corner for children. Double room: 16500 Ft.

Outside the downtown:

  • 16 Barbara Wellness Guesthouse, Zámor utca 2 (Jegenye utca bus 1), +36 83 319-865, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 10 rooms. Room service, swimming pool, spa (jacuzzi), garden with furniture, table tennis, barbecue, children's playground and closed parking. Single room: 14900 Ft, double room: 17900 Ft.
  • 17 Família Apartment House, Ruszek utca 54 (Vágóhíd utca bus 1), +36 30 864-3710, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 10:00. 6 apartments. In each apartment sleeps 2-5 people. Each apartment has its own balcony. Each appartmant consists of; small kitchen, shower, toilet and bedroom with TV. In the garden there is a swimming pool with sunbeds at your disposal. Apartment for two persons: 21000 Ft.
  • 18 Melinda Villa, Római út 33 (Egyetem, kollégium bus 3), +36 83 315-682, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 6 rooms. Single room: 13000 Ft, double room: 16000 Ft.
  • 19 Muschel Hotel, Nádas köz 5 (Darnay Kálmán utca bus 1), +36 70 212-0874, . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 10:00. 10 rooms. Single room: 16900 Ft, double room: 19900 Ft.
  • 20 Andrea Wellness Guesthouse, Sümegi út 5, Cserszegtomaj, +36 83 510-242, fax: +36 83 999-647, . Mar–Dec. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:30. 25 rooms. Single room: 15000 Ft, double room: 19000 Ft.

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Panorama of the Main Square
Island Bath within Town Beach

Inside the downtown:

  • 21 Abbázia Club Hotel, Erzsébet királyné útja 23, +36 83 312-596, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 124 apartments. Apartment for one person: 17000 Ft, apartment for two persons: 26000 Ft.
  • 22 Hotel Bacchus, Erzsébet királyné útja 18, +36 83 378-566, . 26 rooms. Single room: 15400 Ft, double room: 21600 Ft.
  • 23 Kristály Hotel, Lovassy Sándor utca 20, +36 83 318-999, fax: +36 83 318-998, . Audrey Lounge and Drink Bar: M W Th Su 08:00–21:00, Tu F Sa 08:00–23:30; Azzurro Cafe: 08:00–22:00. Wellness hotel with 40 rooms. In hotel’s wellness center free use of bio Finnish- and infrared sauna, amethyst steam bath, jacuzzi, Himalaya salt room, relaxing area with music and sun terrace between 08:00-21:00, free parking in front of the hotel, free use of Wi-fi Internet and safe in the guest room, in summer use of outdoor swimming pool and children’s playground of the near Admiral Hotel-Pension. Double room: 29600 Ft.
  • 24 Tokajer Wellness Guesthouse, Apát utca 21, +36 30 286-3810, . Mar 9–Sep 30. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. 34 rooms. Two outdoor pools, heated indoor pool, heated whirlpool, steam room, salt room, Finnish sauna, fitness room, table tennis, table football, cycling, Wi-fi internet, closed parking for cars. Single room: 15800 Ft, double room: 22680 Ft.

Outside the downtown:

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Lake Balaton at Keszthely

Keszthely's postal code is H-8360, and its telephone area code is 83.

  • 3 György Fejér Town's Library (Fejér György Városi Könyvtár), Zeppelin tér 3, +36 83 321-446, . Sep 3–Jun 16: Tu Th F 09:00–17:00, W 09:00–18:00, Sa 09:00–13:00; Jun 17–Sep 2: M 12:00–16:00, Tu–F 09:00–17:00. Free internet usage.
  • 4 Keszthely 1 Post Office, Kossuth Lajos utca 48, +36 83 312-070, fax: +36 83 312-355, . M-F 08:00-18:00, Sa 08:00-12:00.

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